WOULD BE motorcyclists wishing to gain a motorcycle licence in the Australian state of Victoria will soon find it harder under a new graduated licensing system.
The state's spiralling fatality rate has prompted the move, which could see new riders undergoing a period of on-road supervision before being allowed to ride solo, with options including 25, 50 or 120 hours.
A public discussion paper has been released this week, canvassing options for a new motorcycle licensing system; a graduated system for car drivers is already in place in the state.
"It is important we have this discussion with motorcyclists and the wider community about the best ways to improve safety and reduce the risks for riders," said Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas.
State statistics reveal motorcyclists account for less than four per cent of all vehicles registered but comprise 14 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries.
It's expected the details of the new licensing system wil be announced within 12 months.